NaPoWriMo – Day 29

1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”
12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”
14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).
20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.

in a dumpster full of madness

Life is a bowl of cereal
It cries rainbows of razor blades and spam
It smells of honky tonks and circus clowns
I hear its touch

Jackie Kennedy went to Paris
Life is not cereal
I flunked math, but I digress
Oompa Loompa

Justin Bieber eggs houses; therefore a terrorist
he wears the Cat’s Pajamas
in a lovely bed of bananas
his brain is a toolbox

They all flew to Mars
Mr. Bob was the pilot
They will return one day
to eat the sexy garbage

Multiplying the square root of apples will give you peanuts
Ach, du Scheiße
the lamps all sing Melancholy Baby
in a dumpster full of madness


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